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    George Clooney is officially engaged to be married. It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.

    George Clooney is a movie star, but he is most often described as a bachelor. His singlehood is part of his identity; he's been called a "longtime bachelor," an "eternal bachelor," a "confirmed bachelor." The fact that he is unmarried is, in the gossip world, at least, what sets him apart. One could argue that his female equivalent again, in the tabloid world, at least is Jennifer Aniston, who has made appearance after appearance on glossy celebrity weeklies, also living a single life. And so, when Jennifer Aniston got engaged in 2012, it was big news. And now that George Clooney's mother confirms that yes, he intends to get married, it is huge news: Our understanding of him has undergone a seismic shift.

    It should be noted that the reaction to these two engagements are very different; Aniston's announcement came with relief-oriented headlines like "FINALLY," and one cover declared she was "HAPPY AT LAST," as though everything before had been utter misery and despair.

    Clooney's engagement comes with sheer shock. USA Today: George Clooney Engaged? What?The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch: George Clooney Engaged, a Sign of the Apocalypse, Brokenhearted Find Comfort in Chocolate. The Daily Mail, eschewing brevity and subtlety, put it this way: Look that says 'I've hooked the man who hates commitment': Glamorous British barrister is the woman to finally tame George Clooney.

    These reactions are so different because the Clooney narrative is wildly different from the Aniston narrative, of course. Clooney hasn't been married since 1993, and in the twenty years since, his public persona has been of a charming, genial, twinkle-eyed playboy with a party pad on Lake Como, only breaking from wooing striking women to make critically-acclaimed films and to attempt to save Darfur.

    Aniston's media cycle story is not quite as fun. Her divorce (from Clooney pal Brad Pitt) in 2005 turned her into constant tabloid fodder: She was sad, she was alone, she was sad and alone. Desperate. "Unlucky in love." While Clooney's single life seemed to involve pranks, Cannes and yachts, Aniston's was all sobbing and yoga.


    The tabloids assumed, correctly or not, that every time Jennifer Aniston moved on from a relationship, she did so with a heavy heart, and with her biological clock ticking like a bomb.

    There are 28 million results when you Google "Jennifer Aniston pregnant," although as far as the public knows, she has never been pregnant. Clooney has floated from lady to lady (really, only SIX since 1993, so not that many) without a single magazine emblazoning the word "DUMPED" over his photograph, and without having to endure a headline about a non-existent baby. One of Clooney's best friends, Brad Pitt, is a father of six; it wouldn't even be weird if a want-t0-be-a-daddy story starring the Cloons popped up. But it never does.

    Obviously, getting engaged is not the same as getting married. It remains to be seen whether or not Clooney and Aniston make (separate!) trips down the aisle. But if Clooney doesn't get hitched right away if he waits for more than a year will he be subjected to false tales of woe, the way Aniston has ever since she got the rock on her finger?



    Of course not. They'll say he had cold feet, or that he didn't want to commit, or that he couldn't be tamed, like some crinkly-eyed exotic beast with excellent hair. It is a far, far better thing to be a Clooney than an Aniston in this world.

    George Clooney vs. Jennifer Aniston: A Tale of Two Singles





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    It is a far, far better thing to be a Clooney than an Aniston in this world.
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    Yup,men are single because they want to be and women are single because no one wants them. It's ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    Yup,men are single because they want to be and women are single because no one wants them. It's ridiculous.
    This is true, but Aniston has been actively courting the "poor, single me"-press for years. Just like Clooney has been courting the "single stud, who'll never marry"-press.
    They've both build their images to match society's expectations to men and women.
    So, I'd say Aniston and Clooney are both victims of media bias as much as they are responsible for it.

    Also, Clooney isn't gay? Wtf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by idunno View Post
    This is true, but Aniston has been actively courting the "poor, single me"-press for years. Just like Clooney has been courting the "single stud, who'll never marry"-press.
    They've both build their images to match society's expectations to men and women.
    So, I'd say Aniston and Clooney are both victims of media bias as much as they are responsible for it.

    Also, Clooney isn't gay? Wtf.
    Really? How has Aniston portrayed this? I've never heard her say "whoa is me" in an interview. It looks likes she's out having fun and enjoying life. It's the media that consistently pushes this image of her. She seems to ignore it as far as I can tell.



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    I'm wondering if Cameron Diaz gets the same tabloid treatment as Aniston. And if not, why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laynes View Post
    Really? How has Aniston portrayed this? I've never heard her say "whoa is me" in an interview. It looks likes she's out having fun and enjoying life. It's the media that consistently pushes this image of her. She seems to ignore it as far as I can tell.
    I've never heard her say "woe is me" either, which would make a lot more sense.

    In all seriousness, I think I've heard her play into it a teeny bit after her divorce, but I imagine it's hard not to when that is all anybody ever asked her about. She's caught between a rock and hard place, because it's probably the most interesting thing about her, but it's ridiculous that it's still a 'thing' after all this time.

    But anyway, back to the article...Yes, it's so true. Jenn can't keep a man, but no one can tame George.
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    Oops.. Grammar police.
    Either way, they just need to leave Jenny alone!



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    Leave Jenni A LONE!!!!! Or I will hang you all from a mango tree.
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    do IT!!!
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    Where were you Mel? I was compelled to go full on keneesha since you failed to pop in here and defend Jenni's honor. Step it up girl.
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    sorry... i was texting
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